Conditions were tricky for the Pendle and Craven Over 50s midweek tournament. The normally reliable Pennine overhead sprinkler system functioned only briefly on Thursday morning. The lawns were hard, bumpy in places and rather two-paced; an inadvertent jump shot over the object ball in a dolly rush was achieved on numerous occasions. Nevertheless it was possible to play some good croquet; Andrew Webb (Pendle and Fylde) achieved his silver merit award, and Janet Davies (Chester) won the prize for the fastest pegged-out game with one hour and seven minutes.
Player of the week was undoubtedly Roger Staples (Middlesbrough). He topped the Egyptian leader board by a good margin, won the "B" class trophy after a three-way play-off, and received the prize for the most games played (12).
Neil Kellett (Cheltenham) won his first ever tournament trophy with a clean sweep in the "C" class. And Bryan Saddington (Hunstanton) won the "A" class, beating lower handicapped players on the way.
John Filsak (Pendle, managing for the first time) and Andrew Webb retained their handicap doubles title.
During the tournament Jim Penny (Shrewsbury) celebrated his 84th birthday and was presented with a special cake.
The tournament catering was very much worth turning up for, and was done largely by some of Pendle's golf croquet playing members.
Winner: Bryan Saddington (Hunstanton)
Mike Bowser bt John Filsak +10
Bryan Saddington bt Chris Donovan +6
John Filsak bt Bryan Saddington +11
Ken Anderton bt Mike Bowser +6
Chris Donovan bt Ken Anderton +9
Bryan Saddington bt Mike Bowser +1
Chris Donovan bt John Filsak +3
Bryan Saddington bt Ken Anderton +7
Mike Bowser bt Chris Donovan +5
John Filsak bt Ken Anderton +11
Winner: Roger Staples, after 3-way play-off with Andrew Webb and Tony Thomas.
Winner: Neil Kellett.
1. Roger Staples
2. Andrew Webb
3 Robin Delves.
Andrew Webb gained silver merit award.
John Filsak and Andrew Webb bt Mike Bowser and Neil Kellett +15
Roger Staples from 11 to 10
Andrew Webb from 10 to 9
Mike Bowser from 4.5 to 5
Robin Delves from 14 to 12